The Walk to Dover
Lali Chetwynd

25 August–03 September 2005

The Walk to Dover was produced as part of an offsite commission for Studio Voltaire by artist Lali Chetwynd. Emulating the narrative from Charles Dickens’ semi-autobiographical novel, David Copperfield, Chetwynd led a group of walkers in full costume from London to Dover during a seven-day expedition. The walk retraced Copperfield’s journey from a Blacking Warehouse in London to Dover where he found sanctuary with his aunt, Betsy Trotwood. As David Copperfield foraged for food on his journey, so will the group attempt to live off the land, looking for free food.

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  1. Lali Chetwynd (formerly known as Spartacus Chetwynd, Marvin Gaye Chetwynd and now known as Monster Chetwynd) (b. 1971, London), was nominated for Beck’s Futures in 2005 and has previously staged performances at Gasworks, London (2004) and Tate Britain, London (2003). The artist has participated in various group exhibitions including Herald St, London (2005) and White Columns, New York (2005) and Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York (2005). Chetwynd is represented by Herald St, London.

  2. Lali Chetwynd, The Walk to Dover, 2005. A Studio Voltaire commission. Courtesy of the artist and Studio Voltaire, London.

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